Amherst Toppled by No. 8 Middlebury in NESCAC Clash

Amherst Toppled by No. 8 Middlebury in NESCAC Clash

MIDDLEBURY, Vt. – Two third period scores, including an empty netter, lifted the home team to victory, as the Amherst College women's hockey team fell to No. 8 Middlebury College, 2-0 Saturday afternoon at Kenyon Arena.

With the loss, Amherst moves to 1-2-1 on the season and to 1-2-1 in conference action, while Middlebury moves to 3-0-1 overall (3-0-1 NESCAC). Amherst returns to the ice next weekend, Saturday, Nov. 30 when they host Utica in a non-conference clash beginning at 2PM.

Looking to get on the board in the first, Kaitlin Hoang '21 and Emma Flynn '21 ripped shots on frame from below the left circle in quick succession, but the the Panthers' keeper stood strong to keep things even before Caitlin Walker '22 picked up a good stop of her own with eight minutes on the clock - denying Katie Hargrave after a turnover in the neutral zone.

Continuing to hold her ground in the second stanza, Walker turned away an attempt by Maddie Bayard and Mary Thompson's backhanded followup on the rebound while the Mammoths were on the penalty kill. Hoang nearly broke open scoring for the Mammoths shortly before the intermission on Amherst's lone power play opportunity of the day, but her deflection from the right of the net rang off the cross bar as the teams remained deadlocked with 20 minutes to go.

Starting the third strong, the hosts needed just 1:14 to pot what stood as the game-winner, with Jenna Letterie sending Bayards's dish into the top right corner from the high slot. Amherst's best chance to notch equalizer came with just over three minutes remaining, as but the Panther netminder knocked down a shot from the point by Stephanie Nomicos '22 and smothered Hoang's rebound bid from the doorstep.

The Mammoths pulled Walker for an extra skater with 1:49 on the clock, however, the Panthers won the ensuing faceoff and notched the final dagger on an empty net 10 seconds later.

Walker (1-2-1) took the loss in net for Amherst, registering 33 saves, while Anna Goldstein (2-0-0) made 21 stops for the Panthers in the winning effort.

Middlebury owned the advantage in shots in the matchup, 35-21, and went 0-for-3 on the power play, while the Mammoths went 0-for-1 up a skater.